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Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need Posted on Jul 10

Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need

More than 229,170 Massachusetts children live in food-insecure households. Without school meals to depend on, food insecurity can rise as the summer approaches. Since 1968, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) has provided food assistance for low-income families in Massachusetts. The program provides free, nutritious   …Continue Reading Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need

A Guide to Child Support in the Commonwealth Posted on Jun 24

A Guide to Child Support in the Commonwealth

Divorce or legal separation can put both emotional and financial strain on a family. When the parents of a child no longer live together, child support must be paid by one of the parents to ensure a child’s financial needs are met to facilitate growth,   …Continue Reading A Guide to Child Support in the Commonwealth

Saluting Heroes for Memorial Day 2014 in Massachusetts Posted on May 20

Saluting Heroes for Memorial Day 2014 in Massachusetts

First established as Decoration Day to observe the sacrifices of those who fought in the Civil War, Memorial Day has become a national holiday to commemorate all men and women who have served in the American military. While there are many ways to celebrate our   …Continue Reading Saluting Heroes for Memorial Day 2014 in Massachusetts

No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground Posted on Apr 24

No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground

Playgrounds provide children with a great opportunity for exercise, social interaction, and fun. Because children require at least 60 minutes of activity per day, it’s important to ensure these play-friendly spaces are safe. Each year, 76% of child injuries occur on public playgrounds. Luckily, most   …Continue Reading No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground

It’s Worth (Considering) a Shot: National Infant Immunization Week Posted on Apr 10

It’s Worth (Considering) a Shot: National Infant Immunization Week

  Vaccinations contribute to disease prevention and play an important role in public health. In fact, infants and children who are immunized (protected from a disease by receiving a vaccine shot) before age two,  are defended against up to 14 preventable diseases for the rest   …Continue Reading It’s Worth (Considering) a Shot: National Infant Immunization Week

Making the Most of a Long-Awaited Massachusetts Spring Posted on Apr 8

Making the Most of a Long-Awaited Massachusetts Spring

It’s been a long winter, but soon the weather will warm up and we’ll be able to shed our coats and enjoy the spring season. With April Vacation Week  just around the corner, don’t miss a moment of spring’s sunshine by exploring all the activities   …Continue Reading Making the Most of a Long-Awaited Massachusetts Spring

Ten Tips for National Window Safety Week Posted on Apr 3

Ten Tips for National Window Safety Week

  The windows in our homes can serve many purposes. We often gaze through them to access the weather before going outside or open them up to let in a fresh breeze. Windows can even save our lives as an escape route during an emergency.   …Continue Reading Ten Tips for National Window Safety Week

Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow: Alcohol Awareness Month Posted on Mar 28

Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow: Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol misuse is a global problem that results in 2.5 million deaths each year and is a leading risk factor for premature mortality, disability, and poor health. Heavy alcohol use is also associated with social issues such as violence and crime, child neglect and abuse,   …Continue Reading Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow: Alcohol Awareness Month

Child Care and Preschool Education Programs for Low-Income Families in Massachusetts Posted on Feb 20

Child Care and Preschool Education Programs for Low-Income Families in Massachusetts

Massachusetts child care and preschool education programs offer free or inexpensive child care options to low-income families with children. Families can choose the type of child care they want, including day care centers, family child care, in-home child care, or preschool. Many of the Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Child Care and Preschool Education Programs for Low-Income Families in Massachusetts

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month: 9 Tips to Keep Kids Safe Posted on Dec 12

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month: 9 Tips to Keep Kids Safe

As the holiday season marches ahead, so does toy shopping for the special children in our lives. There are thousands of toys to choose from and selecting the right one can be a challenge, especially as new toys appear on the shelves every year. Toys   …Continue Reading December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month: 9 Tips to Keep Kids Safe